PIERRE — Snow last week in western South Dakota has helped improve drought conditions in South Dakota. So much so that this week on the U-S Drought Monitor for South Dakota there are no areas of extreme drought in the state. Severe drought in noted in west central South Dakota in western Hughes, Sully and Potter Counties along with Stanley, much of Dewey and Ziebach, Haakon, central and northeastern Jackson and Jones County. Severe drought also extends into northwest South Dakota and remains in east central South Dakota. Moderate drought is posted for Hand, Hyde, eastern Hughes, Sully and Potter, Lyman, Buffalo and parts of Brule, Jones, Jackson and areas of Mellette and Tripp Counties along the White River. No drought remains in northeast South Dakota and south of Sioux Falls.